EMDR Therapists in Park Row, TX

Photo of Ednesha Brasher McMullen, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Ednesha Brasher McMullen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77449  (Online Only)
I am certified in EMDR and am grateful to have the skill set to help you heal from trauma.
I have experience of providing counseling in community mental health settings. This has allowed me to work with clients of many populations and gain a wealth of knowledge of how to assist those looking to make positive changes in their life.
I am certified in EMDR and am grateful to have the skill set to help you heal from trauma.
I have experience of providing counseling in community mental health settings. This has allowed me to work with clients of many populations and gain a wealth of knowledge of how to assist those looking to make positive changes in their life.
(281) 957-1844 View (281) 957-1844
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Madeleine Vaughters
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77449
My approach includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I’ve worked alongside clients experiencing a wide range of concerns including trauma of many forms, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem concern, mood swings, to those looking for someone to help explore their thoughts and feelings on a deeper, more meaningful level. I enjoy spending time getting to help my clients know their true, authentic selves through the therapeutic relationship and personalizing treatment based on their needs.
My approach includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I’ve worked alongside clients experiencing a wide range of concerns including trauma of many forms, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem concern, mood swings, to those looking for someone to help explore their thoughts and feelings on a deeper, more meaningful level. I enjoy spending time getting to help my clients know their true, authentic selves through the therapeutic relationship and personalizing treatment based on their needs.
(346) 485-6968 View (346) 485-6968
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Mary Oladiji
Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC), MS
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Using evidence-based interventions such as, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc.
During these trying times, it is easy to experience feelings of despair, anxiety, and depression, which can be stressful and overwhelming. This can lead to frustration, unfinished projects, and unaccomplished life goals. I can work with you collaboratively in a warm, welcoming, and safe therapeutic environment to help you achieve personal growth, balance in body, mind and spirit and help you reach your desired life goals.
Using evidence-based interventions such as, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc.
During these trying times, it is easy to experience feelings of despair, anxiety, and depression, which can be stressful and overwhelming. This can lead to frustration, unfinished projects, and unaccomplished life goals. I can work with you collaboratively in a warm, welcoming, and safe therapeutic environment to help you achieve personal growth, balance in body, mind and spirit and help you reach your desired life goals.
(346) 639-4742 View (346) 639-4742
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Omolola A Taiwo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Park Row, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Are you feeling alone, frustrated, or over worried? Is your relationship starting to feel like too much? Are you experiencing this on a daily basis? I enjoy working with clients to help them be more organized, be more in control of their lives, and live more healthier. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety & motivation, self esteem, and confidence.
Are you feeling alone, frustrated, or over worried? Is your relationship starting to feel like too much? Are you experiencing this on a daily basis? I enjoy working with clients to help them be more organized, be more in control of their lives, and live more healthier. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety & motivation, self esteem, and confidence.
(713) 489-7969 View (713) 489-7969
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Jennifer Paz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77493
Have you recently lived through a traumatic experience? Do you find yourself feeling lonely, sad or anxious? Have you recently lost a loved one? Together we will explore, confront, and release unresolved traumatic experiences, unhealthy relationship dynamics and problematic beliefs/behaviors to empower you to live the life you want. My experience includes working collaboratively with children and adolescents, young adults, couples, families struggling with depression, anxiety, life-related transitions, abuse and trauma, domestic violence, anger management, grief/loss, parenting, personal relationships and conflict resolution.
Have you recently lived through a traumatic experience? Do you find yourself feeling lonely, sad or anxious? Have you recently lost a loved one? Together we will explore, confront, and release unresolved traumatic experiences, unhealthy relationship dynamics and problematic beliefs/behaviors to empower you to live the life you want. My experience includes working collaboratively with children and adolescents, young adults, couples, families struggling with depression, anxiety, life-related transitions, abuse and trauma, domestic violence, anger management, grief/loss, parenting, personal relationships and conflict resolution.
(281) 937-8639 View (281) 937-8639
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Anita Webster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77493
Anita Webster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience working with people who want to work on their mental well-being. Anita is a person-centered clinician who believes that we are all unique and desire connection and to live a genuine life. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma (past and present), workplace conflict, parenting, postnatal depression, adjustment to parenting, relationship issues, and major life transitions and stressors. Anita is Australian and married to an American. Anita completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Monash University in Australia.
Anita Webster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience working with people who want to work on their mental well-being. Anita is a person-centered clinician who believes that we are all unique and desire connection and to live a genuine life. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma (past and present), workplace conflict, parenting, postnatal depression, adjustment to parenting, relationship issues, and major life transitions and stressors. Anita is Australian and married to an American. Anita completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Monash University in Australia.
(346) 553-0164 View (346) 553-0164

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Photo of Craig R Ordoyne, NCC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Craig R Ordoyne
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77449
I am an EMDR trained therapist.
I believe each client should receive individualized therapy that is tailored to their specific needs. I look forward to understanding and assisting the client with challenges they may be facing. It is my goal to provide a comfortable and safe environment in order to promote awareness and growth.
I am an EMDR trained therapist.
I believe each client should receive individualized therapy that is tailored to their specific needs. I look forward to understanding and assisting the client with challenges they may be facing. It is my goal to provide a comfortable and safe environment in order to promote awareness and growth.
(833) 715-3406 View (833) 715-3406
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Marcel Gamboa
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
I am a cognitive-behavioral therapy specialist, EMDR trained and also use Internal Family Systems therapy.
Let me help you reach your full potential. By providing an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, we can work on any issues, goals and changes you desire. I strongly believe everyone has the right to chose the path they want to follow in life. Let's explore this path together, identify your strengths, process any difficulties along the way, and optimize your chance of success.
I am a cognitive-behavioral therapy specialist, EMDR trained and also use Internal Family Systems therapy.
Let me help you reach your full potential. By providing an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, we can work on any issues, goals and changes you desire. I strongly believe everyone has the right to chose the path they want to follow in life. Let's explore this path together, identify your strengths, process any difficulties along the way, and optimize your chance of success.
(281) 299-8607 View (281) 299-8607
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Carla Barnes
Counselor, LPC, NCC, EdD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77084  (Online Only)
I started my career as an educator over 25 years ago. I work as a mental health professional and a professional school counselor. I am a strong believer in self care, mental health , nutrition, and wellness as instrumental in our quality of life. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and certified school teacher, my qualifications include a master of science in nutrition and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certification. I am a strong believer in healthy living using a holistic approach for physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.
I started my career as an educator over 25 years ago. I work as a mental health professional and a professional school counselor. I am a strong believer in self care, mental health , nutrition, and wellness as instrumental in our quality of life. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and certified school teacher, my qualifications include a master of science in nutrition and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certification. I am a strong believer in healthy living using a holistic approach for physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.
(281) 609-7641 View (281) 609-7641
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Bethany Garay
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
I am trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, EMDR, and TF-CBT.
Being a parent is difficult in trying keep up with the demands of life while meeting the needs of your child’s mental health. Your child may need help in learning to identify, express, and cope with their emotions. As an adult, you may struggle to navigate the challenges of life and find a balance. I would love an opportunity to come alongside you in your mental health journey and equip you with coping tools to face these challenges. It can feel scary to take that first step, yet you don’t have to meet these challenges of life alone.
I am trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, EMDR, and TF-CBT.
Being a parent is difficult in trying keep up with the demands of life while meeting the needs of your child’s mental health. Your child may need help in learning to identify, express, and cope with their emotions. As an adult, you may struggle to navigate the challenges of life and find a balance. I would love an opportunity to come alongside you in your mental health journey and equip you with coping tools to face these challenges. It can feel scary to take that first step, yet you don’t have to meet these challenges of life alone.
(281) 667-4597 View (281) 667-4597
Photo of Jasmin A James, LPC, LCDC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jasmin A James
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77449  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize, but not limited to, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Life presents many curveballs and valleys, however with courage and commitment, you will learn how to hit the ball over the fence and climb up the mountain again. Reaching out for therapy or counseling can be intimidating, but it is a resource that can help resolve problematic behaviors, limiting beliefs, negative feelings, traumatic experiences, and manage difficult relationship issues. We will work together to achieve your desired health and wellness goals, to thrive in life. Let's work together to alleviate the stress, doubt, and feeling stuck, to ELEVATE your Wellness!
I utilize, but not limited to, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Life presents many curveballs and valleys, however with courage and commitment, you will learn how to hit the ball over the fence and climb up the mountain again. Reaching out for therapy or counseling can be intimidating, but it is a resource that can help resolve problematic behaviors, limiting beliefs, negative feelings, traumatic experiences, and manage difficult relationship issues. We will work together to achieve your desired health and wellness goals, to thrive in life. Let's work together to alleviate the stress, doubt, and feeling stuck, to ELEVATE your Wellness!
(346) 207-1147 View (346) 207-1147
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The Aqueduct Christian Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77450  (Online Only)
Leonie graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a master’s in biblical counseling; equipping Leonie with a distinct ability to combine tried and tested psychological tools with sound biblical principles and teaching. Leonie specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is based on the notion that the battle with depression and related disorders ultimately is won in the mind first. CBT has been shown to be effective with many symptoms, conditions and diagnoses. Leonie is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). For further information please visit www.theaqueduct.life.
Leonie graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a master’s in biblical counseling; equipping Leonie with a distinct ability to combine tried and tested psychological tools with sound biblical principles and teaching. Leonie specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is based on the notion that the battle with depression and related disorders ultimately is won in the mind first. CBT has been shown to be effective with many symptoms, conditions and diagnoses. Leonie is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). For further information please visit www.theaqueduct.life.
(281) 801-7135 View (281) 801-7135
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Adam Rahman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77449
Utilizing the most advanced clinical methods, including EMDR, I treat people who are experiencing anxiety, PTSD, trauma, depression, substance abuse, and issues around relationships.
As humans, we’re not always comfortable expressing our needs, owning our issues, or admitting that we have a problem. What you’re experiencing is what countless other individuals are facing as well. I know this because I see them in my office every day. Their stories are all unique; however, they share more in common than they know: burnout, shame, stress, guilt, fear and anger. Each of these has the potential to create permanent damage. In the past, you may have waited until your life was too big, too messy, or too complicated to manage before seeking help. In the meantime, your problems didn’t solve themselves.
Utilizing the most advanced clinical methods, including EMDR, I treat people who are experiencing anxiety, PTSD, trauma, depression, substance abuse, and issues around relationships.
As humans, we’re not always comfortable expressing our needs, owning our issues, or admitting that we have a problem. What you’re experiencing is what countless other individuals are facing as well. I know this because I see them in my office every day. Their stories are all unique; however, they share more in common than they know: burnout, shame, stress, guilt, fear and anger. Each of these has the potential to create permanent damage. In the past, you may have waited until your life was too big, too messy, or too complicated to manage before seeking help. In the meantime, your problems didn’t solve themselves.
(281) 393-4844 View (281) 393-4844
Photo of Dawn Michael Womack, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dawn Michael Womack
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77449  (Online Only)
I am a Certified EMDR therapist and am passionate about my work in trauma recovery.
I am currently accepting new clients. All sessions are conducted via Telehealth (similar to FaceTime) and will be between 8am-2pm due to a waiting list for appointments after 3pm. I provide therapy for clients 12 years old through adults. I am a Certified EMDR therapist and trauma recovery is my passion. EMDR is effective for PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues. I am in-network with most major insurance companies in Louisiana and Texas. To determine if I am the best fit for your needs, go to my website www.dawnmichael.com and fill out the "New Client Screening" form.
I am a Certified EMDR therapist and am passionate about my work in trauma recovery.
I am currently accepting new clients. All sessions are conducted via Telehealth (similar to FaceTime) and will be between 8am-2pm due to a waiting list for appointments after 3pm. I provide therapy for clients 12 years old through adults. I am a Certified EMDR therapist and trauma recovery is my passion. EMDR is effective for PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues. I am in-network with most major insurance companies in Louisiana and Texas. To determine if I am the best fit for your needs, go to my website www.dawnmichael.com and fill out the "New Client Screening" form.
(225) 435-5036 View (225) 435-5036
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Jennifer W Gatlin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77450
I utilize a variety of evidence-based practices to help clients achieve their goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a widely used method of treating trauma.
Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you have no control over your emotions? Do you worry about everything? Do you struggle in relationships? Do you need to process trauma? I see clients who answer 'yes' to these questions. Together, we can find ways to get unstuck and achieve your goals. Don't have any goals? I can help with that, too! We can look at healthy ways to manage emotions and worry. We can also explore your relationships and identify patterns that may be negatively impacting them. One of the things I hear over and over is that people just want to be heard and validated. There is no "wrong" reason to seek therapy!
I utilize a variety of evidence-based practices to help clients achieve their goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a widely used method of treating trauma.
Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you have no control over your emotions? Do you worry about everything? Do you struggle in relationships? Do you need to process trauma? I see clients who answer 'yes' to these questions. Together, we can find ways to get unstuck and achieve your goals. Don't have any goals? I can help with that, too! We can look at healthy ways to manage emotions and worry. We can also explore your relationships and identify patterns that may be negatively impacting them. One of the things I hear over and over is that people just want to be heard and validated. There is no "wrong" reason to seek therapy!
(832) 905-9453 View (832) 905-9453
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Stephanie A Legendre
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
She utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities tailored to each individual's unique needs, and personality including psychodynamic therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, CBT, play therapy, mindfulness, and meditation.
Stephanie is a compassionate and dedicated therapist with a focus on emotional regulation, child personality development, and healing inner child wounds and trauma in adults and teens. With over 17 years of experience in the field, Stephanie’s primary areas of expertise lies in nervous system regulation, helping children and adults alike develop essential skills to soothe their nervous system, manage reactive behaviors, build emotional fitness, and heal wounds. Through personalized treatment plans, she empowers her clients to identify triggers, regulate emotional responses, and increase resiliency.
She utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities tailored to each individual's unique needs, and personality including psychodynamic therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, CBT, play therapy, mindfulness, and meditation.
Stephanie is a compassionate and dedicated therapist with a focus on emotional regulation, child personality development, and healing inner child wounds and trauma in adults and teens. With over 17 years of experience in the field, Stephanie’s primary areas of expertise lies in nervous system regulation, helping children and adults alike develop essential skills to soothe their nervous system, manage reactive behaviors, build emotional fitness, and heal wounds. Through personalized treatment plans, she empowers her clients to identify triggers, regulate emotional responses, and increase resiliency.
(281) 940-8515 View (281) 940-8515
Photo of Joy A Pellerin, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Joy A Pellerin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77450
I am trained in EMDR, which is proven to help people heal from emotional distress and other symptoms caused by disturbing life experiences.
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a desire to help others who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or relationship difficulties. I strive to empower my clients with the skills necessary to make positive changes in their lives. Whether past experiences or current stressors are to blame, I am willing to provide a supportive, caring approach in helping my clients achieve their goals. I have also worked with families in helping them to rebuild a trusting, loving relationship based on open communication and respect.
I am trained in EMDR, which is proven to help people heal from emotional distress and other symptoms caused by disturbing life experiences.
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a desire to help others who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or relationship difficulties. I strive to empower my clients with the skills necessary to make positive changes in their lives. Whether past experiences or current stressors are to blame, I am willing to provide a supportive, caring approach in helping my clients achieve their goals. I have also worked with families in helping them to rebuild a trusting, loving relationship based on open communication and respect.
(281) 271-5029 View (281) 271-5029
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Kelsey Snavely
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
I am an LPC, was formerly an LCDC, and I am trained in EMDR.
I specialize in substance use disorders, PTSD, trauma, chronic illness, and depression/anxiety. I have worked in outpatient treatment centers such as IOPs and MAT programs, as well as individuals with co-occurring substance use and HIV+. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.
I am an LPC, was formerly an LCDC, and I am trained in EMDR.
I specialize in substance use disorders, PTSD, trauma, chronic illness, and depression/anxiety. I have worked in outpatient treatment centers such as IOPs and MAT programs, as well as individuals with co-occurring substance use and HIV+. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.
(346) 857-0105 View (346) 857-0105
Photo of Stephanie R Rodriguez, MSW, LCSW-S, CSAT , SEP, CDWF, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Stephanie R Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-S, CSAT , SEP, CDWF
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
This is where EMDR comes in.
That painful event keeps replaying over and over in your head. You can’t stop seeing the images of it. Thoughts of what you could have done differently play on repeat. They force their way into your mind, leaving you overwhelmed, panicked, and burnt out. The triggers are everywhere and anxiety and depression feel like they’re constantly looming over you. If you could just let it go maybe you could move on with your life. You no longer want to carry the weight of what happened but to enjoy the things you once loved.
This is where EMDR comes in.
That painful event keeps replaying over and over in your head. You can’t stop seeing the images of it. Thoughts of what you could have done differently play on repeat. They force their way into your mind, leaving you overwhelmed, panicked, and burnt out. The triggers are everywhere and anxiety and depression feel like they’re constantly looming over you. If you could just let it go maybe you could move on with your life. You no longer want to carry the weight of what happened but to enjoy the things you once loved.
(281) 810-3613 View (281) 810-3613
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Jennifer Powdrill
LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
Let’s nurture healing and growth, your goals are the focus of our time together. I am an EMDR trained therapist with a focus grounded in DBT, ACT, Sand Tray and Brief Solution Focused modalities. My goal is to use a tailor fit approach and human connection to foster growth, strength, and independence. I am trained in perinatal mental health- particularly pre/post-natal depression/anxiety. I am also passionate about supporting parents of teens and teens struggling with issues surrounding gender identity. Let's overcome barriers and build skills that help navigate stressors, traumas, and self-doubt.
Let’s nurture healing and growth, your goals are the focus of our time together. I am an EMDR trained therapist with a focus grounded in DBT, ACT, Sand Tray and Brief Solution Focused modalities. My goal is to use a tailor fit approach and human connection to foster growth, strength, and independence. I am trained in perinatal mental health- particularly pre/post-natal depression/anxiety. I am also passionate about supporting parents of teens and teens struggling with issues surrounding gender identity. Let's overcome barriers and build skills that help navigate stressors, traumas, and self-doubt.
(281) 226-9279 View (281) 226-9279

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EMDR Therapists

Who is EMDR for?

EMDR was initially developed as a treatment for individuals with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for whom memories of a deeply distressing experience can be inadvertently triggered by random everyday events. The procedure has since been applied in the treatment of many other conditions. For example, it is used by some therapists to treat anxiety disorders including panic and phobias, depression, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and some personality disorders. It is suitable for adolescents and adults.

Why do people need EMDR?

People need EMDR as a way to manage distressing memories that in some way hamper the ability to function in the present. The procedure is believed to target the way memories are stored in the brain. Evidence indicates that past disturbing experiences cause ongoing distress because they were not adequately processed, and when such memories are triggered in the present, they are accompanied by all the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations as the initial experience.

What problems does EMDR treat?

First and foremost, EMDR is intended as a treatment for PTSD, to defuse distressing memories that intrude on and impair everyday functioning. It is also often used to help those who are subject to panic attacks, phobias, and other forms of anxiety. In addition, EMDR has been used to treat individuals with depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

What happens in EMDR therapy?

First the therapist takes an individual’s history, and then the therapist and client decide which distressing experience(s) will be the target(s) of the exercise, delivered via a side-to-side visual stimulus requiring lateral eye movements. The client will be asked to activate thoughts, feelings, and any body sensations related to the troubling experience. The eye movements are said to reduce the emotional charge of the memory, so that the experience can then be safely discussed with the therapist and digested, minimizing its ability to trigger anxiety.